Another Livelihood skills contest that caught my curiosity is the karagumoy weaving skills contest held also at the Bulusan Auditorium grounds on the same day as the Pili nut deshelling competition.
Several villages were also represented by their skilled weavers most of whom brought with them finished hats, bags, bay’ong and assorted items that were purposely made to showcase their level of weaving skills aside from the familiar and the ordinary fare of the common utility hat and the common baskets locally known as bay’ong. Most interesting is that these weavers actually wove on the spot from start to finish in the said contest giving opportunity for those less skilled to personally see the techniques employed by the skilled weavers participating in the event. Fortunately, I was able to record the different styles of weave showcased and shared by the contestants to be shared also in my succeeding posts.
Meanwhile, this post is about the quaint karagumoy hat (photo) donned by one of the weavers who later notices that I was snapping photos of her hat. At this point, she just looked at me with a welcome and friendly smile (photo) indicating that she too was pleased that somebody has noticed her work.
Her hat style is different from the common karagumoy utility hat that can be seen almost everywhere in Bulusan. This hat is a souvenir item kind of hat. The workmanship is neat with smaller karagumoy strips and the weaving style has a personalized touch.
Photos: Alma P. Gamil
Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines